Conservation

Frogs and Toads

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Go to www.pondconservation.org.uk for more information
Frogs are good for gardens – their diet includes slugs, ants and woodlice ! More advice can be found at www.froglife.org

to record frogspawn,visit:  http://www.freshwaterhabitats.org.uk/projects/big-spawn-count/

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Ash dieback disease
(Chalara fraxinea)
For more information on this current topic you can visit these websites:
www.forestry.gov.uk/planthealth     www.ashtag.org

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FOR HEDGEHOGS IN TROUBLE  - any hedgehog seen out in the daytime will be in trouble.  Place them on a warm hotwater bottle, of a plastic bottle filled with warm water, wrap in a towel and put in a box.  Then either take them to your local vet, or contact one of the following:

BRITISH HEDGEHOG PRESERVATION SOCIETY 01584 890801, who can put you in touch with your nearest rescuer.  www.britishhedgehogs.org.uk 

WOODLANDS ANIMAL SANCTUARY , Woodlands Farm, Sandy Lane, Holmeswood, L40 1UE.  Tel:. 01704 823293. www.animalsanctuary.org.uk

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Bee rescue and re-home service.  The Tree Bee Society is a not for profit community interest company who run a rescue and re-home service for all bees.  They are able to remove nests and swarms from properties, ensuring that the bees are kept alive.  To get involved, or get more information contact them on 0800 707 6628.  www.treebee.org.uk

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Owl and Bird Sanctary. For injured Birds of prey contact: 01772 323323 mobile 07734231142.    Address. 92 Chain House Lane, Whitestake, Preston PR4 4LB. Website. http://turbarywoods.co.uk/

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PARBOLD  TREE  WARDEN  GROUP


We are a small group who meet every Tuesday morning at the Village Hall from 9.30 to 11.30 am.   Our work includes maintaining various public areas of gardening, hedge cutting, litter picking, bulb planting and some woodland management.  

If you would be interested in helping please contact the Secretary on: 01257 462909

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Leeds Liverpool Canal.

The Canal and River Trust has now taken over the care of the canal and its banks, and need volunteers to help maintain the towpath, improve wildlife habitats, record wildlife amongst other activities.

The Douglas Valley Lions have adopted a 2.2 mile stretch of the canal from Parbold to Appley Bridge.  They are out once a month litterpicking and reporting problems, and later in the year they will be improving the railings and fencing along the canal. Any men who would like to help please call: 0845 833 5739

For more information on the Canal and River trust, or to volunteer to join the Towpath Taskforce call: 0303 040 4040 or email: volunteer@canalrivertrust.org.uk  website: canalrivertrust.org.uk/volunteers.

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VOLUNTEER RANGER SERVICE at Beacon Country Park

ADULT VOLUNTEER RANGERS are based at Beacon Country Park-  practical countryside management training available
Junior Ranger Club for 5 to 13 year olds. Meets first Saturday of every Month 2 pm at Beacon Country Park

For Details of all  events Please contact the Rangers:  E:mail:  beacon.park@westlancsdc.gov.uk or  tel: 01695 622794
www.westlancs.gov.uk/countryside

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PARBOLD WILDLIFE GROUP

The aim of the Group is to promote the protection of wildlife and the enhancement of the landscapes of Parbold for the benefit of the community and to assist in maintaining the Biological Heritage Site at Chapel field, which is owned by Parbold Parish Council.  Also to promote the site for education purposes.

The Group assists Parbold Parish Council in managing their Biological Heritage site - Chapel Meadow, which is located off Chapel lane. The Meadow is designated as a Biological Heritage Site in recognition of its’ importance for wildlife within Lancashire. It supports an unusually diverse number of plants and is one of only 3 or 4 similar meadows on its kind on the Lancashire Coastal Plain.

The Group would like to thank all the local visitors to this area for their comments on how much they appreciate the area and the hard work members, together with the Parbold Tree Warden Group, do to try to maintain it. The meadow is mowed in summer to encourage the variety of flowers and grasses, and to control dominant grasses, saplings and other shrubs growing on it.  The cuttings are removed so as not to add nutrients to the meadow. Any offers of help are always welcome.  

The Group records sightings of wildlife in the area and the Canal and River Trust would appreciate sightings such as mink and kingfishers seen on the canal email: Cath.Ferguson@canalrivertrust.org.uk

Contact:  01257 462909 for more information

The Biodiverse Society Project is a HLF (Heritage Lottery Fund) funded partnership project between Lancashire Wildlife Trust and the two Local Record Centres, LERN and Merseyside BioBank, within the project area of Lancashire and North Merseyside. 

The project aims to develop links between the project partners with community groups, volunteers and Local Naturalist Groups. It will enable knowledge sharing about our important wildlife areas across Lancashire and North Merseyside to ensure they survive into the future.  As part of the Biodiverse Society Project, Lancashire Wildlife Trust are currently undertaking a re-survey of a number of Local Wildlife Sites (known as Biological Heritage Sites in Lancashire) across the project area, over the next 3 years.  The aim of these surveys is to understand better, the value of these sites through biological recording. 

Chapel Lane Fields has been identified as a Biological Heritage Site due to its species rich grassland which has naturally colonised following soil stripping to cap an adjacent landfill site. As a result, a diverse range of species are present and include yellow rattle, common spotted orchid and common knapweed. The site also includes tall-herb, scrub and section of canal.

The Biodiverse Society recently teamed up with the Parbold Wildlife Group to survey Chapel Lane Fields, record the species present and update the records for the site. As well as this survey additional surveys focusing on bats and small mammals were organised adding more records for the site.

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Sightings update - May 2017

Parbold Wildlife Group - sitings.  Chapel Meadow and the surrounding woodland has been busy with bird life recently.  Apart from the more common species the following have been seen:

Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, Wren, Song Thrush, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Nuthatch, Goldfinch, Pied/White Wagtail, House Martin, Jay Swallow, Willow Tit, Woodcock

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PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES 2017

All meetings take place on Tuesday evenings at the Red Lion, Newburgh (upstairs room) unless otherwise stated. Non-members and guests are very welcome to attend – we simply ask for a modest £2 per head contribution to group funds for each event. Our Wildlife Walks are also open to non-members, guests and accompanied children – if you do plan to join one these events, please phone PWG Secretary Margaret Abel in advance on 01257 462909. http://www.facebook.com/parboldwildlifegroup

Jan 17 7.30 : PWG business meeting, to include feedback on members’ questionnaire

Feb 24 7.30 : PWG Annual Quiz Night and Hotpot Supper at the WI Hall, Parbold. Tickets £8 from Nigel and Michelle Simons (01257 463849 or email simonsco@tiscali.co.uk)

Mar 14 7.30 : Illustrated talk by Dr Alan Bedford entitled ‘Fluctuations in Field Vole populations and their impact on Hen Harrier breeding success in the Trough of Bowland’, followed by PWG business meetin

April 9 : 10.00 Bee Survey at Hunters Hill Quarry, Hilldale, led by Ben Hargreaves (LWT). Meet in Hunters Hill car park

May 20 : 10.00 Bee Survey at Chapel Lane Meadow BHS, Parbold, led by Ben Hargreaves (LWT). Meet in Bramble Way car park

May 23 : 7.30 Talk by Eloise Wright entitled ‘An Introduction to British Spider behaviours and its diversity’, followed by PWG business meeting

July 1 Open Day on Chapel Meadow to support National Meadows Day. 10.30 – 16.00. Gazebo with refreshments on site. Guided walk at 14.00 – suitable for families

July 8 Parbold Festival : PWG stall and activities (all day)

July 23 10.00 : Practical Work : ragwort and thistle clearance at Chapel Lane Meadow, meet in Bramble Way car park

July 29th 21.00 : Bat Walk/Talk at Chapel Lane for Saturday 29th July. This will be led by members of the West Lancs and Merseyside Bat Group, and promises to be an excellent evening – meet at Bramble Way car park at 2100, so that we can take advantage of the peak flying time at dusk.

Sep 3rd  Summer Wildlife Walk : Ainsdale/Birkdale Sandhills LNR (details of meeting point/time to be announced at May meeting and emailed to all members)

Sep 19 7.30 : Illustrated talk by Dr Ron Cowell (Liverpool Museums) on the Mesolithic settlement excavations at Lunt Meadows, followed by PWG business meeting

Oct 7 Lancashire Wildlife Trust Volunteer Conference, University of Central Lancashire : PWG stall

Oct 15 Autumn Wildlife Walk : Mere Sands Wood Nature Reserve – details of meeting point and times to be announced at September PWG meeting and emailed to all members.


Nov 21 7.30 : PWG AGM, followed by the results of the 2017 Photographic Competition


Dec 5 7.30 : PWG Christmas meal : venue to be advised.
In addition to our regular programme of meetings, we hope to organise a number of other events on Chapel Lane BHS during the year – these will be notified to members via the Members Update, at meetings and by

Visit our Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/parboldwildlifegroup

 

Photographic Competition 2016 - results

This year there were 42 entries received from members and judged by Phil Jones who announced the winners at the Group's AGM on 22nd November. The winners for each catergories are as follows:

       Fauna - Julia Simons,          Flora - Julia Simons,            Landscape - Chris Hiley,                         Open - Chris Abel

        Four Spotted Chaser                  Grass Spike                             Trubsee                                           Abottsford

    Fa Female Four Spotted Chaser JS.jpg (735×640)          Fl Grass Spike JS.jpg (360×640)          L Trubsee CHi.jpg (800×564)           O Abottsford House CA.jpg (793×640)                                                                      

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Parbold’s Swifts – A small colony of swifts return from Africa annually to nest under the eaves of the RBS, Parbold.  Unfortunately they were getting into the loft of the building and setting off the alarms! Following advice from a local ornithologist: the RSPB have come up with a solution. The netting will be removed, the loft will be boarded up and additional holes will be made into the barge boards to allow more access.  This means the swifts can still build nests on the top of the gable end bricks. The Bank is hoping to put up nest boxes which may encourage younger birds to set up home here.

For more information see: http://www.swift-conservation.org/Local%20Swift%20Groups.htm or contact Gavin Thomas, Conservation Adviser - Bowland, RSPB, 731 Cameron House, White Cross Estate, Lancaster, LA1 4XF, Tel: 01524 581005 Fax: 01524 581028 Mob: 07814 462429    

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BATS.  A Bat survey carried out on Parbold's BHS site at Chapel Lane on 20.06.15 detected the following bats:

Soprano Pipistrelle

Common Pipistrelle

Noctule

Whiskered

Daubenton's

 

Bats Conservation Trust. 0845 1300228. Contact for enquiries about bats.

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Lancashire Badger Group was formed to combat the illegal persecution of badgers in Lancashire, which still goes on today. They aim to promote the conservation, understanding and enjoyment of this enigmatic creature and also provide educational talks to community groups and schools.

Please contact them if you have any concerns about a sick or injured badger or any other query, or to join their Group:  www.lancashirebadgergroup.org.uk  Tel: 08448 707908

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ARBORICULTURAL OFFICER FOR WEST LANCS:  

DavidThornber (Arboricultural Officer) 01695 585114           Email: dave.thornber@westlancs.gov.uk
Roland Jones   (tree and Landscape officer) 01695 585168   Email: roland.jones@westlancs.gov.uk
 
For information and advice on trees in Conservation areas or trees covered by a Tree Protection Order (TPO) and to report damage and unauthorised felling of such trees. A List of approved Arboricultural Contractors is on West Lancs Borough Council website.

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WATCHING BIRDS IN YOUR GARDEN all year round

The British Trust for Ornithology needs more people to record birds in their garden every week. Observations collected by BTO Garden Birdwatchers are analysed by BTO researchers and published in leading journals. BTO Garden Birdwatchers have charted the decline of the House Sparrow, the rise of the Woodpigeon, have discovered that urban birds get up later than their rural counterparts and have alerted conservationists to the impact of an emerging disease in Greenfinches. Sightings of amphibians, mammals, butterflies, bees etc. can also be recorded at the same time. You can also get answers to any queries you have about your garden  its birds and its habitat. Can you help?

For more information: www.bto.org/gbw or email: gbw@bto.org

Brown Hare sightings can be recorded at www.brownhare.org.uk

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Chapel Lane Meadow, Parbold - BIOLOGICAL HERITAGE SITE

Chapel Lane Meadow, Parbold  This is located on the eastern side of the A5209 beyond the car park at the end of Bramble Way. It is owned by Parbold Parish Council and is managed, with the help of Parbold Wildlife Group, to maintain and enhance its wildlife interest, whilst encouraging open public access for quiet recreation and enjoyment.

Special Status The Meadow is designated as a Biological Heritage Site in recognition of its importance for wildlife within Lancashire. It supports an unusually diverse number of plants and is one of only 3 or 4 similar meadows of its kind on the Lancashire Coastal Plain.

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Plants The meadow supports a wide range of grasses, sedges and wild flowers. Of particular interest is the very large number of common and southern marsh orchids and their hybrids. Yellow rattle, lady’s smock, knapweed, meadow buttercup and various vetches also abound. There is also a wooded area containing a variety of native shrubs and trees.

Other wildlife Two ponds are also present on site. One is old and shaded by shrubs and trees, the other is open and is of recent origin. Their water levels vary considerably, throughout the year, drying out completely after a period of dry weather. Both support a variety of aquatic plants and pond life, including frogs and toads as well as dragonflies and damselflies. The meadow attracts a wide variety of insects, most notably butterflies during the summer months, including the meadow brown, gatekeeper and small skipper.  Similarly many species of birds can be seen throughout the year, with fleeting glimpses of kingfisher on the adjacent canal and also barn owl along hedgerows and over the surrounding pastures.

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Conservation Parbold Wildlife Group was established in 2005 to promote the protection and enhancement of features of wildlife and landscape importance throughout the village of Parbold for the benefit of the local community.  Members help manage the meadow on behalf of the Parish Council. The Group’s members are interested locals, who volunteer their time, knowledge and talents in support of wildlife within the Parbold area. It is supported by Natural England, Lancashire Countryside Service and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

The Group works closely with Parbold Parish Council and carries out numerous conservation tasks throughout the village, jointly with the Parbold Tree Warden Group. It holds regular meetings throughout the year and organises various events such as nature walks, visits to places of interest and records sightings of wildlife in the area.

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HOW TO GET THERE: It is approximately ten minutes walk from Parbold railway station. Chapel Meadow can be found at the far end of Bramble Way, off Alder Lane  (A 5209), where there is a large car park. An all weather, fully accessible path from the car park runs round the site.  Responsible Dog owners are welcome and dog bins are provided.

Grid Ref:  SD496104        Post code WN8 7HZ

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Parbold Wildlife Group 

Secretary  01257 462909
email: abelchris@talktalk.net

For more information about the site contact the Clerk to Parbold Parish Council on: 01695 557678
email: parboldpc.clerk@yahoo.com

Acknowledgements to:
Jon Hickling and Margaret Abel
Supported by West Lancs. Borough Council © Parbold Wildlife Group 2010

The meadow is a great asset to the area and well worth visiting.

 

 

 

 


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